Ile flottante (Floating Islands)

Ile flottante (Floating Islands)


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About this recipe: Floating islands, or île flottante, are a classic French pud consisting of little more than vanilla-scented custard with floating clouds of meringue. Simple, elegant and heavenly delicious!


Serves: 5 

  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 350ml full fat milk

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Separate two of the eggs. In top of double boiler, combine 1 whole egg and 2 yolks with sugar, salt and vanilla, beating until smooth. Stir in milk and cook over simmering water, stirring constantly. When custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove from heat. (Do not boil. If custard should start to curdle, remove from heat and beat vigorously until smooth.) Cool completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer until stiff. Gradually beat in 4 tablespoons sugar. Pour cooled custard into serving dish. Drop meringue by heaping tablespoons onto custard to make islands. Chill before serving.

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